Thursday, May 5, 2011
Coffee with Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis.. [sculptor of "The Runners"]
May 5, 2011.. What a wonderful day!
I had a long informal chat with Prof. Theodoros Papagiannis today, ranging from his experiences as a Professor of Fine Arts in Athens, to his creation of this monumental sculptural piece, "The Runners" for Chicago. A very informal chat indeed! He talked about his sight-seeing in Chicago which included his visits to the Art Institute, Museum of Contemporary Art, and seeing other sculptural installations in Chicago. He loved Agora and the Bean! A few names he mentioned very prominently were of Alexander Calder, Anish Kapoor and Magdalena Abakanowicz. It was nice to know the views of a renowned sculptor, not from Chicago, and not even from the US. And when I said I love "public" sculptures because it is out in the open, braving the weather and available for everyone to enjoy, he clapped his hands! I heard him utter something in Greek, I guess it was YES!
He talked very fondly about his own Museum, The Theodoros Papagiannis Museum of Contemporary Art, click here.. at Elliniko, Ioannina, Greece.
After a long chat, it was time to see "The Runners". The beautiful and ever-gracious Mrs. Chrisoula Kozonis drove us to the O'Hare Airport, where the sculpture has now been installed. Prof. Papagiannis' wife Sini and son Nicholas joined us.
# The Runners: Fundraising at Rosewood Banquets..
# The Runners by Theodoros Papagiannis [Installation: A Pictorial Documentation]..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Attention to details]..
# The Windy City will soon have a new symbol, "The Runners", by Theodoros Papagiannis..
# The Runners - by Theodoros Papagiannis [Finishing touches at Duroweld Co. Inc.]...
# International Sculpture Program of Chicago Gateway Green Project..